Last month in March I did my #MyMarchMarathon. I wanted to give myself the opportunity to run/walk 26.2 miles on my treadmill and outside by 3/31. It was a successful challenge for me, as I was able to exceed that mileage and finish ahead of the end of March, and you can read about it here. I definitely felt stronger and more fit at the end.
Another benefit is that I let go of a couple of pounds! Now, while I acknowledge the fact that moving consistently definitely helped, I have to say that counting my calories was a great part of the effort, too.
Everyone has their approach to losing weight that works for them, and so I asked the Lord to show me mine. A week before I started the March challenge, I felt the need in my heart to go back to using my MyFitnessPal app to track my calories. I had used it before, and it had helped me to reign in what I was putting into my mouth. So this time, as I walked and ran, I was also watching the amount of calories I consumed.
Don’t get me wrong: I am going to eat and eat well. I enjoy fueling my body, but I needed to be more mindful of what calories I was actually getting this time around. And I learned a couple of things:
My body uses them to live. This is why babies have to eat so often: they need the energy to grow, maintain a steady body temperature, and to maintain all bodily functions. We adults are really no different in my opinion. So there is a given amount of calories that our bodies will burn just to stay alive, know as the basal metabolic rate (BMR).
Calories are like currency. Money is money, and it is meant to be spent, right? (not carelessly, of course!) Well guess what? You and I are gonna spend those calories! We can’t starve ourselves and we have a set amount that we need to use everyday. Why not spend them well?
Knowledge is power. Counting my calories gives me control on how I spend them, how I allot them for each day. I can make wiser choices the more I know what I am really consuming 🙂
Now I am way more informed about what I put in, and I kinda live by this thought: How I spend calories is an investment in myself.
Do you count calories? What works for you in letting go of excess weight? Please tell me…I’d love to know!